I often hear from students that they appreciate that I’m a ‘real’ person with a ‘real’ body. I’m not exactly sure who or what I’m being compared to when they say this, yet I do endeavor to be someone who teaches from my own experience of yoga and of life.
And I’ve always been very comfortable with the ‘real’ things we do in yoga, the abhyasa, the steady, dedicated effort we make, the concrete “actions” of yoga.
But a few months ago, I got a different message. I was journaling about one of the contemplations I’d offered to my Skillful Yogi members to clarify their focus for their practices this summer. Looking up at puffy pink and peach clouds in the evening sky I heard inwardly:
‘Remember, there is magic.”
Of course there is.
Yoga has always been a path where effort couples with letting go.
Where are actions are offered in the context of something larger, ultimately more sublime than our minds can fully grok.
Yoga is both in the steps we take, and in the ways in which we surrender those efforts to the mysterious nature of transformation,
Where the essence of shift is, at the end of the day, beyond simply what we do.
It’s effort coupled with magic.
Magic. It can’t be seen or quantified. But it can be acknowledged and remembered. And when we do, it’s powerful.
The nature of right effort, of taking action AND letting go,
Of doing AND opening to the unknowable.
It’s what I believe is ultimately meant by “Skill in Action.”
This understanding is KEY not only to our own evolution, but to unlocking greater power in our teaching for those we serve.
This is just one of the topics we’ll be delving into in our upcoming retreat for women teachers. (If you’re called to take the next step in your yoga journey and teaching by taking your seat amongst other seasoned travellers on the path, there are just a couple of spaces left, message me: m.me/barrierisman)
There is so much we don’t know, that we cannot see, and yet (and this sometimes blows my mind), we CAN learn how to align with this mysterious, sublime force.
Yoga gives us tools and understanding to live in partnership with magic, to open to the benevolent and loving guidance available to us at every moment.
Like I said, it blows my mind.